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Helping Parents Help Their Children with Math Homework

            In this article in Teaching Children Mathematics, Regina Mistretta (St. John’s University/New York) shares strategies for getting parents involved in their children’s math learning. Here are questions that parents can ask their children if they are struggling with math homework:

-    What problem are you working on?

-    What do the directions say?

-    What words or directions don’t you understand?

-    Where do you think you should begin?

-    What do you already know that can help you work through the problem?

-    What have you done so far?

-    Do you have similar problems to look at?

-    Can you draw a picture or make a diagram?

-    Can you explain what the teacher asked you to do?

-    Can you tell me where you are stuck?


“‘We Do Care,’ Say Parents” by Regina Mistretta in Teaching Children Mathematics, May 2013 (Vo. 19, #9, p. 572-580), www.nctm.org

Parents, here are some math links for you and your children.

Eureka Math Homework Help

Parents Share Math Help Tips (NCTM)

About Math Education Today (NCTM)

Math Learning Center
The web home of the creators of our K-5 math program, Bridges. There are links to online games and activities, and information for parents.

Bedtime Math
Mission: To make the nightly math problem as common as the bedtime story.

PBS Kids Lab

PBS KIDS has games that help kids learn and practice many different math skills.

Vi Hart
Amazing videos and fun with math.

Ms. Vogel's Math Links and A Number of Things
Our Math Coach's math web links and blog about math education.

Math iPad apps
Faves of the math coaches.

Khan Academy
Go nuts!